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Annual Conference Sunday Only - 6 CEs

  • April 08, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Doubletree Skokie, 9599 Skokie Boulevard Skokie, IL 60077
  • 135


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IMHCA Annual Conference - Sunday
Sunday- April 8, 2018
6 CEs/PDs


9 am-12 pm: Training
12 pm-1 pm: Lunch
1 pm-4 pm: Training

Lunch is on your own.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Danielle Kepler

Biography: Danielle Kepler, LCPC is the founder and “head insurance guru” at Be Your Own Biller, LLC, where she offers consultation to business owners, solo practioners, and non-profits local to Chicago and across the nation. Be Your Own Biller’s mission is to empower clinicians and demystify the insurance credentialing and billing world so they do not need to hire a long-term credentialing or billing service. She co-hosts a podcast dedicated to insurance credentialing and billing. In addition to consulting, she is a clinical therapist and has a private practice in downtown Chicago. She is paneled with over 30 private insurance companies/EAPs and does her own credentialing and billing.

Insurance Credentialing and Billing Workshop

Workshop Description: Many clinicians want to accept insurance in their practices, but shy away from it due to myths, misperceptions, and a fear of becoming overwhelmed with the process. This workshop will walk clinicians through the process step-by-step on how to panel with insurance companies and EAP panels as well as the insurance verification and billing process. Also included in this workshop is how to credential and bill if you want to expand into a group practice. The goal of this workshop is to empower clinicians and demystify the insurance process with practical and easy to follow strategies.

Kenneth Kessler

Biography: Kenneth Kessler, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science with his primary appointment being in the Psychology Department.  He is currently chairman of the Clinical Counselor licensing and Disciplinary Board and is the former chairman of the Clinical Psychologist Licensing and Disciplinary Board.  He has dual licensure in the state of Illinois as a Clinical Counselor and Clinical Psychologist.  He has 17 years of experience in the areas of mental health licensing and regulation and has published a book chapter on the topic of professional risk management.  He has given a number of invited lectures on the topic, has been retained as an expert in cases involving ethics and practice standards and teaches ethics and risk management to mental health professionals at the graduate level. 

Risk Management for Today's Mental Health Professional

Workshop Description: Participants in this workshop will be able to:

Identify common ethical conundrums that lead to or contribute to adverse actions against mental health professionals.

Discuss strategies to address common situations that lead to adverse actions against mental health professionals.

Implement an informed risk-management strategy in their mental health practice that will reduce exposure to future adverse actions.

This three-hour workshop will review approaches to ethical issues that commonly arise in clinical practice. Topics covered in this program will include: virtual psychotherapy, boundary violations, and FOID card reporting and risk management through office policies and practice management strategies. 

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Patricia Miller

Biography: Currently in private practice in Moline, Illinois, Patricia’s expertise in the array of behavioral health services and treatment of co-occurring disorders, primarily MH and opioid-use disorder, stems from having also held clinical leadership positions, respectively, in a hospital-based mental health outpatient clinic, an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, and an outpatient medication-assisted treatment clinic for opioid use disorder, the latter for which she still provides professional consulting and Clinical Supervision.  Barely a side-note in most graduate addiction classes prior to the start of her career in 2001, opiate addiction has become a national epidemic commanding the attention of behavioral health, medical and law enforcement professionals.  Patricia’s varied career has uniquely positioned her, with “hands-on” expertise, to help other professionals understand and address this growing, complex issue that’s devastating so many lives.

Opioid Recovery and Dual Diagnosis

Workshop Description: This workshop offers practical, effective, judgment-free approaches to help overcome dual-diagnosed patients’ very complex, multi-layered barriers to wellness and healing. Come learn how to peel back the layers of dual-diagnosed patients. Discover the richness of recovery and wellness of whole individuals at the other end of the treatment spectrum. The purpose of this workshop is to address the challenges of treating patients dealing with opioid addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders in a ‘where the rubber hits the road’ manner resulting in enhanced engagement and improved outcomes.

Nadia Johnson

Biography: Nadia Johnson, M.S., LCPC, graduated from National-Louis University with a Master’s degree in Human Services/Counseling.  In addition to her degree, she has received extensive training in working with trauma, a certification from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress as a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, and is certified in EMDR therapy.  She has over twenty-five years of experience in the counseling field. Her experience includes working at Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling for a number of years as a trauma therapist as well as the Clinical Supervisor. In 2003, she started her own private practice providing trauma treatment to children, adolescents and adults.  For the past five years, she has worked with the Rockford Police Department providing trainings on managing acute stress, doing critical incident debriefing, and counseling police officers who are experiencing trauma-related symptoms. She has served as an adjunct instructor for National-Louis University teaching graduate level counseling courses, and has been a presenter for the Illinois Counseling Association, the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association, and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  She has served on the board of the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association since 2004. In 2015 she was appointed to the Illinois Professional Counselor Licensing and Disciplinary Board.

Workshop Description:  Neuroimaging developments over the past twenty years have changed our understanding of what happens in the brain when a person experiences a traumatic event.  Acute stress reactions are common after a trauma, but if they last more than a month, the brain can become “stuck”. Some individuals never develop PTSD after a trauma, others self-medicate to mask the symptoms and many years later experience a triggering event which is a reminder of the original trauma and develop late on-set PTSD. In the past PTSD was believed to be an emotional disorder. Today, as a result of extensive research on the neurobiology of PTSD, we know that PTSD is a physiological disorder. Several researchers refer to PTSD as a “wound to the brain”.  A number of in-depth studies, using neuroimaging technology to map the brains of individuals with PTSD, have been conducted and the results show dramatic changes in brain structures and functions.

 Here’s the good news -- research findings indicate that the brain is malleable and is capable of healing from the negative effects of traumatic stress. In this workshop participants will be able to identify:

  • The three parts of the brain most affected by trauma
  •  The importance of regulation (for the clinician and the client)
  •  Therapeutic interventions designed to activate the brain in order to heal traumatic memories and stress reactions. There will be a demonstration of one or more of the interventions.

Workshop will be 6.0 CEs/PDs for LPC/LCPC; LSW/LCSW; LMFT; Psychologists.

Cancellation Policy.
Registrations, cancelled before seven days prior to the workshop, can be refunded minus a $20 administration fee. No refunds can be made seven days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inadequate registration or other circumstances beyond our control. If IMHCA cancels a workshop due to inadequate registration, you will receive a full refund. IMHCA is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, or cancellation of an event. IMHCA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that a workshop is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency. IMHCA will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case IMHCA cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.

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